The MPCA recognized 327 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from September 2015 through September 2016.
News Releases: April 2017
Some of the company’s corrections include applying for proper permit coverage, updating operation and maintenance plans, properly labeling hazardous waste containers, and implementing improved recordkeeping practices.
Once shredded into a lightweight and highly-permeable aggregate, the product is used for fill for projects such as road base construction, slope stabilization and stormwater retention chambers.
The heating plant exceeded its permit limits for emissions of carbon monoxide, opacity (a measure of visibility) and fine particles.
More than 1,300 citizen monitors gather data for the MPCA, but more are needed to reach the 69,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes in the state.
These reports are part of the state’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams and lakes and developing strategies to restore or protect their water quality.
The affected area includes the Tribal Nation of Red Lake, and the cities of Ortonville, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks and Wheaton.
The MPCA, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and local groups are recommending a number of actions including reducing streambank erosion, reducing in-lake nutrients, and improving stormwater management to restore and protect waterbodies.